Ten Lessons For a Post Pandemic World -3


As we come to the last part of this brilliantly written book ,author draws a profound conclusion that ” Nothing is Written

He opined that though we live in an “Open . Fast and Unstable “ World , we have the “Human Agency “at our disposal and we have the ability to choose the right lanes

The book has numerous historical anecdotes where right decisions have reaped enormous benefits ,beginning with examples from World Wars through Cold Wars to Pandemic managements

The Three Great Crises of the present century [9/11,political ],Financial Crash and Covid -19 , [natural] had temporarily upended us but they were great water shed moments

For staving off any crisis , the power of international collaboration and cooperation should never be underestimated . Truly, we cannot change the existing order completely but can steer ourselves towards an informed decision .Globalization and Diversity is a reality of the present world and there has been structural transformation of our societies secondary to that .Accepting and utilizing those changes ,such as younger and more diverse popu;ation as strength ,would always work to our benefit

As human beings , we are renowned for our flexibility and resilience only if we set our minds to it

Agreed, Economic development may be at its peak now but rampant inequality needs to be addressed with an empathic approach and there should be better redistribution of wealth amongst the underperformers.

Science is not “VOODOO” and experts need to be relied upon as besides economic security we need safe practices for a better tomorrow

Wet Markets “ may be a necessity for poorer nations but they need to be better regulated as three quarters of the present century human diseases such as “AIDS , EBOLA,SARS ,MERS,Bird Flu,Swine Flu and most likely Corona virus , all have animal origins

Preventative Health Care needs to be stressed enough as morbidity and mortality definitely worsens with premorbid conditions

Climate change is for” Real ” and all regualtory steps need to be taken world wide “ASAP” .”Carbon tax ” will soon have to take place for a “Greener Earth”

Rise Of Rest Of the World may be a threat to America’s “Sole SuperPower “ role but there are certain” Pros “ in it too .Responsibility for” World Peace “ and Development needs to be shared by other “Equal Partners

Nothing is Written

On a lighter note , he ends by citing an example from the movie “Lawrence of Arabia “ .Lawrence , the leader of a band of Bedouin Warriers ,risks his own life and saves an Arab Soldier “Gasim” under hopeless situations but when Gasim is found to be a murderer of another tribe member ,he imparts justice and kills Gasim

As Fareed Zakaria’s columns ,podcasts , books ,and his hugely popular CNN show , Global Public Square , currently running 14 th season ,this book is seeped in sensibility , rational arguments and relevance .

Today on his show , he added the “Eleventh Lesson “ , the lesson of “Eastern Wisdom ” , that one needs to spend time , energy and money towards” Inner Engineering “ and if you cannot change the world around you “Change yourself ”

Author concludes that no” Expert “ can give us the guide map of our future .Its always the informed choices that we make along the way

Its a must read and I hope you all enjoy, as I did

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Female physicians in India

Female physicians in India


Women are genetically modified and are the weaker sex of the society . They also have to dedicate their most productive years of life to child-bearing and child raising . Agreed those are priceless moments of your life but that drags them  down on their career graph .

As  smart and bright students, physicians  enter the medical schools very  early in life  .You  are still very confused about the path  you have chosen.Your  life  revolves around libraries , lecture theaters  and  medical wards .Then comes residency .It does not get easier .Early morning rounds, in service exams, presentations, night calls …the list is endless..There goes the best years of  your life down the drain .

Just when you are ready to hit your fun life with vengeance ,your biological clock starts to show you red flags .You have to suddenly mutate to being a  good wife and good mom .If  you still have some steam left in you and are eager to be the part of job market , then new set of restrictions follow you .

In India , female physicians have very few specialty to choose from, where they would be accepted  in their private practice. Obstetrics and gynaecology, Pediatrics and Para medical jobs are preferred for female physicians. The most commonly accepted other job is to work as a medical officer in a government set up. As medical officers you work in an outpatient and prescribe a set of medications from the pharmacy  and refer out difficult patients to specialists as needed. Nothing interesting or nothing challenging about it .

If you can keep your frustration under lid and decide to stick to these jobs then there are time bound promotions and some remunerations. India is a litigation immune country and you can retire peacefully without the pokes of board certifications or continuing medical education .

Women get a second class treatment in every profession. Same is true with medicine in India. Pay disparity, acceptance in private practice, work place harassment would always be your accompaniments .

Women never have it easy anyway ;